To date, legislators in up to 22 states have expressed interest in introducing legislation based upon Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, despite a current federal court injunction barring implementation of many of its most draconian provisions.
As this Dispatch will detail, after considerable media hype about Arizona-style bills sweeping across the nation, the reality is that from from Nevada to Arkansas to Massachusetts to Kansas and Rhode Island,
anti-immigrant bills and ballot initiatives largely didn't move or
failed to make this fall's ballot. A key reason: most state leaders
and police chiefs recognize that requiring local governments to assume
immigration enforcement responsibilities from the federal government
will distract them from fighting violent crime and undermine trust with
local residents that are essential to successful community policing.
Talk Business has learned that Secure Arkansas,
the grassroots organization pushing a citizen's sponsored illegal
immigration ballot issue, has failed to submit enough raw signatures for
its measure to be considered for the November general election.
The Fiscal Session of the 87th General Assembly convened on Monday,
February 8, 2010, recessing the state’s first-ever fiscal session after passing bills
determining lottery scholarship amounts for students and setting
priorities for state spending for the next fiscal year.